Westallis Wisconsin History
The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the opening of a new exhibit on the history of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. The building, a specific structure, is not a museum, but a collection of historical buildings from the history of the state.
The Honey Creek Park building is the first log schoolhouse built in 1843 by William Wallace Johnson, who also served as an early teacher. It was located where the West Allis Historical Society building stands today and was used until the 1860s.
The site became the permanent home of the Wisconsin State Fair and for a time in history it was the largest reported gathering in Wisconsin history. The fair was held from July 1, 1851 to July 2, 1861 in the Honey Creek Park building and was held its last day on July 4, 1865.
It was not until 1892 that the fair was held again in the Honey Creek Park building, this time for the first time in its history.
On April 2, 1906, Governor J. O. Davidson declared the village of West Allis part of the state of Wisconsin, which was under his administration. From 1902 to 1906, the Western Alliance Public Schools, the first public school system in the United States, became part of the village's school system.
In 1905, Allis Chalmers became the fourth largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment, behind only John Deere, John Wayne and John Hancock. In 1906, Alles merged with Dickson Manufacturing Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which crushed ore and produced blow machines and air compressors.
Soon after the Allis Company was founded, other industrial plants followed, including Dickson Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Steel Co. in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Other industrial companies, including General Electric, General Motors and others, including other producers of steel, iron and steel products, also established factories in Western Europe.
To meet demand for its products, the company moved its headquarters from Milwaukee to Greenfield and moved out of its cramped Milwaukee lot. The machinery company was unable to expand its Clinton Street plant in Milwaukee, so it decided to move to North Greenfields. The site offered an abundant labor supply that the railroads and streetcars in northwest Milwaukee would bring to Milwaukee.
Construction of the huge plant began in 1894, with the site serving as a spur railway between the two railway lines. Now it was necessary to ensure transportation for the people of Milwaukee and the state's festival grounds. The establishment of an exhibition center allowed public transportation to be provided in the Milwaukee area. In 1894, the Milwaukee Street Car Company expanded its lines to the fairground and beyond.
Before the 1880s, the site where the new facility was built was called Honey Creek, but by that time it was already North Greenfield and is also called it. In 1887, part of the village of Honey Creek was plated and the surrounding area became known as North Greenfields. The name "West Allis" was adopted in 1902, with a village incorporated on May 31, 1902 (census 1018).
The name "West Allis" is derived from the Edward P. Allis Company, which was the largest production company in Milwaukee at the end of the 19th century, located at the corner of North Greenfield Avenue and North Milwaukee Street. In the 1900s, it was supposed to have merged with Chicago Manufacturing Co. and Milwaukee Manufacturing Company to form the Allis-Chalmers. When I graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1939 and joined the business with my father, we moved into this business and continued to serve a large East European / German population.
Everyone called it Allis Plant because many workers came from the east side of the Milwaukee plant. In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the festival grounds were renamed Camp Harvey and became the first military training camp for the US Army Corps of Engineers. By the mid-19th century, West Allis had become the largest suburb of Milwaukee, with a population of about 1.5 million people, measured by population and population density.
Before the 1880s, the site of the new facility was called Honey Creek, but at the time it was called North Greenfield. The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad established the Madison Division in this section in 1880 and named the station North Greenfield, after the township's name "Greenfield." It was not until 1892 that the fair was held, where it has remained for the last 117 years, today on the grounds of West Allis. Only in 1880, when the Chicago & Northwestern Railway built a new station on the north side of the Milwaukee - Madison line, we saw a small settlement on Honey Creek again. At the time of its construction, this site, which was just being built, was called North and is still irradiated by Greenfields.
The Kearney-Tracker building was the headquarters of a milling machine company, and the neighborhood, still named after the now-defunct company, is located on the north side of the Milwaukee-Madison line, west of Honey Creek. The product that was built in this factory and that interested me in the history of the company is the Allis - Chalmers tractor.